Award for Barbershop Excellence (ABE)

The ABE (Award for Barbershop Excellence) is the highest award given to an Illinois District Barbershopper. It is given in recognition for significant, sustained achievement in barbershopping.

The award is presented during the Quartet Contest finals.

The award is presented by the winner of the ABE from the prior year.

A recipient for the ABE is a person who, district-wide stands alone, an individual who, by his actions and talents best exemplifies the ideals of our craft. He is nominated by chapter presidents and all living past ABE Recipients. He is selected, by a vote of all living past ABE Recipients.

The Awards Committee sends a solicitation letter to all of the District Governance and Operations Team, Chapter Presidents, past ABE Recipients and Past District Presidents for nominations. Resumes are obtained and a list of nominees, with resumes, is sent to all of the past ABE recipients who vote their choice.

The physical award is usually something special, currently a clock with engraving. He also has his name engraved on a plate on a traveling trophy that he keeps for the year of his reign.

YearAward Winner

2023

Mike Isley

2022

Gerry Carrol

2021

Bill Miller

2018

Mike Bagby

2017

Dave Cowin

2016

Doug Brooks

2015

Mark Betczynski

2014

Terry Ludwig

2013

Frank Fabian

2012

Dick Kingdon

2011

Tim Woodall

2010

Jay Giallombardo

2009

Rich Hansen

2008

Carl Missele

2007

Wally Ryan

2006

Al Quinn

2005

Wayne Wright

2004

Bill Stock *

2003

Dick Johnson *

2002

Joe Sullivan

2001

Rod Hupach*

2000

Walt Bohdan *

1999

Buzz Haeger*

1998

Earl Meseth

1997

Jules Kastens

1996

Gene McNish*

1995

Gary Nohren

1994

Joe Shekleton*

1993

Bill Gallagher *

1992

Craig Rigg

1991

Jim Graham*

1990

Jack Windsor

1989

Ken Hines

1988

Jack Aldridge*

1987

Bob Cearnal

1986

Bob Squires

1985

George Peters*

1984

Syl Wetle

1983

Jim Vliet

1982

Chuck Nicoloff *

1981

William Worst

1980

Jerry McDonough *

1979

John Mulkin *

1978

Ron Leathers

1977

Jack Harwood *

1976

Bill Everitt *

1975

Don Summers

1974

Loren Bogart *

1973

Forrest Stahly *

1972

Dick Neely *

1971

Tom Woodall

1970

Tom Watts *

1969

Dick Robbins *

1968

John Corley *

1967

Walt Martin *

1966

Frank Vechiola *

1965

Jack Baird *

1964

Charlie Wilcox *

1963

Murph Johnson *

1962

Tom Crawford *

1961

Bob Hockenbrough *

1960

Carl Mayer *

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